Meeting of the GTMO 5+5 experts
CETMO Prepares Ministerial Conference on Western Mediterranean Transport
- As the GTMO 5+5 Technical Secretariat, CETMO presided over the meeting of the group of experts, where it was agreed to hold the Ministerial Conference in December 2018
- The meeting was attended by experts from the Western Mediterranean countries’ Ministries of Transport, as well as the Union for the Mediterranean and European Institute of the Mediterranean
The 25th Meeting of Experts of the GTMO 5+5 (Group of Transport Ministers of the Western Mediterranean) was held this week in Barcelona to prepare the Ministerial Conference scheduled for December in Mauritania, the country that will hold the next presidency of the GTMO 5+5. As the permanent GTMO 5+5 Technical Secretariat, CETMO was in charge of leading and coordinating the agenda of the Meeting of Experts.
The meeting was attended by transport experts from the ministries of the countries in the region, as well as the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed). This Meeting of Experts was very important because it will be the last one held before the Ministerial Conference.
The meeting addressed the initial logistics and operating details of the Ministerial Conference, which is scheduled for 12 December 2018 in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital. Transfer of the GTMO 5+5 Presidency from Portugal to Mauritania will take place at the Ministerial Conference.
One of the main objectives of the Meeting of Experts was to validate the report on the activities carried out during the Portuguese Presidency of the GTMO 5+5. This document will be presented at the 9th GTMO 5+5 Ministerial Conference in Mauritania. The report is structured around the work programme’s four main lines of action for this period:
- Institutional cooperation
- The GTMO 5+5 multimodal network and analytical tools
- Priority projects of the GTMO 5+5 multimodal network
- Industry-specific actions
The complete presentation can be viewed on the CETMO website http://cetmo.org/en/data-centre/publications, in the GTMO 5+5 section, with the title “2018 - Report on GTMO 5+5 Activities 2014-2018 Period Portuguese Presidency”.
The other important matter addressed at the Meeting of Experts was the proposal on the Statement of Conclusions of the GTMO 5+5 Ministerial Conference. This document will be adopted and signed by the Ministers of Transport of the countries in the region during the conference. The text defines the work programme of the Mauritanian Presidency for the next two years.
Activities jointly organized with IEMed in the run-up to the Ministerial Conference
In light of the upcoming GTMO 5+5 Ministerial Conference, CETMO and the European Institute of the Mediterranean are jointly organizing a seminar on transport and logistics in the Western Mediterranean.
The event will be held in Nouakchott on 10-11 December, in the run-up to the Ministerial Conference. The aim of the seminar will be to generate debate, within the framework of 5+5 Dialogue, on mechanisms and programmes for creating a multimodal network in the 5+5 region.
The objective of the Group of Transport Ministers of the Western Mediterranean (GTMO 5+5) is to promote transport cooperation in the Western Mediterranean and contribute to the Union for the Mediterranean. The members of the GTMO 5+5 are the Ministers of Transport of the countries in the region (Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia). The Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DGMOVE) of the European Commission, the Secretariat General of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) and the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean also participate as observers. CETMO performs the function of Technical Secretariat.
The GTMO 5+5 presidency rotates among the countries and is transferred at the Ministerial Conference every two years. A work programme is proposed and implemented by the Technical Secretariat and the Group of Experts, based on the conclusions of the Ministerial Conference. The Group of Experts is made up of the national coordinators of the ministries in charge of transport and meets twice a year to monitor implementation of the work programme.